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Friday, December 31, 2004

C'est Si Bon!!! Corey loves it!!! Happy New Year!!!
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People of the Year....

ABC news voted Bloggers as People of the year....Cool!!! Bloggers are among "World News Tonight's" People of the Year. (ABCNEWS.com)

Happy New Year!!! I have to work tomorrow....

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Cajun Delytes
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

"If I Could Go"--Angie Martinez

[Lil' Mo] Yeaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!!
[Angie M] Oh yeah yeah
{Lil' Mo] Yeaaaaaaaaaaayyyy!!!
[Angie M] Uh, woo! come on, uh
[Lil' Mo] If I can go, with you
[Angie M] Yo, yo, uh

[Verse 1: Angie Martinez]
If I can chose a place to go it gotta be far away
From here we could crossover like Hardaway
Somewhere outside the states where tommorow's like today
And I'm out in a space where nobody else can stay
And, if I can go, with you
Then I'll go get the ticket right now if that's cool
Have you ever been close to feelin like leavin the coast too
Feelin like leavin with somebody who
Hold you the right way while watchin the night fade
Make you feel like you right back in the ninth grade
When you know what he likes and what he might say
And you try to be calm and answer in nice ways
And, if I can go, with you
Way out the states no 2 ways and no page
No cells and no trace, and you just a phone call away
So all I got to say is

[Chorus: Lil' Mo]
If I can go, contigo, I'll pack my things, soon as you say
Baby vamos, we'll fly away, like there is no, no tomorrow
If can go, contigo, I'll tell my friends, nothing at all
I'll get my things, soon as you say, baby vamos, we'll fly away

[Verse 2: Sacario]
And, if I can go, with you
Oh boy we 'bout to make a lot of people annoyed
And cry you better know I know how to sneak with them toys
And boy with the block since around 94 boy
And, if I can flow, with you
Huggin Tato after the studio I roll with you
I send Dutch and three other goons to go get you
Sacario the name hold weights the whole issue
Grown men keep on cryin get mo' tissue
The way me and this girl be rhymin it's so official
Them I'm takin a trip too with no pistols
Cause everything peace only sand no streets
Little Miami Heat that's the plan we'll see
Two cups, one in Senado one in Sand Beach
And, I'll think I'll go, with you
So tell the station you need a week back to you

[Chorus: Lil' Mo]
If I can go, contigo, I'll pack my things, soon as you say
Baby vamos, we'll fly away, like there is no, no tomorrow
If can go, contigo, I'll tell my friends, nothing at all
I'll get my things, soon as you say, baby vamos, we'll fly away

[Bridge: Lil' Mo]
You can fly away, no one has to know
Will you take me with you, cause if I can go
Soon as you say the word, we'll be on our way
To a foreign place, you got to tell me

[Angie Martinez]
Yo, uh, so now that we got a plan are you comin? We could plan a week
The only question now is LaGuardia or Kennedy?

And a seat, know why? the window cause I like to see
And seein as to how I'm so fly me and the clouds can speak

And, since we 'bout to go, in a few

Go 'head

[Angie Martinez]
Oh, I just wanted to tell Trace thank you
That week off I'm grateful what was you tryin to say boo?

Nuttin just grab my chain off the table and 2 way too

[Angie Martinez]
Ok, that little place it's a great move
But ain't no problems, unless the water don't stay blue

And the shop's there?

[Angie Martinez]
If they don't got em, they don't make em

([Sacario:] True!)
No concrete just sand, throw away your shoes
Now, that we are on, our way
And our bags is packed and the car service is not late
Everything's ok, so I guess I catch you on the next track
Now I don't gotta ask

[Chorus: Lil' Mo]
If I can go, contigo, I'll pack my things, soon as you say
Baby vamos, we'll fly away, like there is no, no tomorrow
If I can go, contigo, I'll tell my friends, nothing at all
I'll get my things, soon as you say, baby vamos, we'll fly away

[Outro: Lil' Mo]
If I can go, contigo, I'll pack my things, soon as you say
Baby vamos, we'll fly way, like there is no, no tomorrow
And if I can go, contigo, I'll tell my friends, nothing at all
Nothing at all, I'll tell my friends, nothing at all

That is this year's vacation theme song.....As you all might know I am going to the Caribbean in Feburary for a week...I chose all the onshore excursions with unlimited rum punch.....

Bride of the Devil....

Man did I have a weird dream last night....I dreamed Satan was visiting elementary schools looking for for a bride....In the dream he kinda looks like Mickey Rorke....He was chrismatic and well dressed...I knew what he was up to and he threatened me with harm if I were to expose his plan....I had to drop hints so that people would catch on....The teachers finally caught on and he was ticked so he went to his would-be bride's house to confront the parents....I was headed that way also....A big battle ensued and after the smoke cleared we had won....That didn't stop him though because I had this scary feeling that he was going to be soon looking for another child-bride most likely in another town since he didn't want to phuck with us no more....SO BEWARE OF THE DEVIL FOLKS!!! HE IS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!!!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Happy Kwanzaa!!!

It is not a holiday you angry White trailer dwellers...It is a African-American celebration based upon seven principles that anybody in this world can apply to their lives...So don't get all disturbed and have your red necks glowing over it....Rednecks are a scourage upon America...There is nothing becoming about them at all--unless you think dipping tobacco, going mud riding and doing donuts in parking lots are admirable qualities...Antehoo my two older brothers are flying back to Virginia and South Carolina today...HAVE A SAVE TRIP GUYS!!! SEE YOU WHEN IT IS TIME TO GO TO THE CARIBBEAN IN FEBRUARY!!! Somebody told me that they heard these Louisiana men (Cajun Boys, Creoles ,"Frenchies") were "hung"...All I could do was smile :o)...."Yeah...You rite!!"

The CajunDelyte and her Cajun boy in San Antonio
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It was good while it lasted....Now bring on another Cajun Boy!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas.....

Happy holidays to each and everyone.....

Monday, December 20, 2004

Cardinal birds are sooooo cute!!!

I have to include my bird links just in case the computer acts up again.....Feeding birds at work is so relaxing....Truly a stress reliever....

My cardinals should be up soon...Cardinals are such shy cute little birds....My cardinals were looking at a greedy little squirrel eat all of the bird seed up one day...Another day a blue jay in the group of five was just screaming at the female cardinal...She didn't say a thing--just stood her ground....Blue Jays are loud, conspicious and playful...Mocking Birds are onery--they are something else--always described in literature as a "symbol of innocence"....Mocking Birds innocent??? Yeah right!!! One had an attitude over a bunch of donuts we threw out the other day....That bird didn't want any other bird to have any--like it could eat all the donuts by itself...Cute little sparrows--house sparrows can be mean in that they destroy the eggs and nests of other birds.....They come up to my door at work and chirp for seed....I love them all though....Colors can be deceiving......

Insomnia is a Mother...

It is one of the consequences of working a swing shift....So I might as well express my thoughts...Why are so many people in Missouri enaged in antisocial behavior lately??? Geesh!!! Indiana and Pennyslvania are getting a hell of a lot of snow....Damn it is 19 degrees in Hotlanta!!! This weather betta not affect my cruise to the Caribbean in February since February has historically been one of the coldest months and we are already off to a bad start....I have to fly to Florida to even get on the ship...OPEC is getting ready to cut back on oil shipments....There are going to be some freezing mofos in this country--well you voted the guy into office...Your own Bible tells you that "the good ALWAYS suffer with the bad".....Dubya is a scourage to this country.....And no I won't apologize for what I said....If you think to the contrary then start your own blog.....A lot of you are just here because you are nosy anyway....I think the doctor on Venom ER is cute too bad for me that he is married....He is a hottie though....When does Amazon want 42 bucks for a copy of the video "Black Like Me" when I can probably get it for much cheaper by ordering it from Goldmedal or Serenade music??? Why did my ex-job (lol at ex-job) have to have their Christmas party last night when I wanted to get some boiled crabs and crawfish??? I have been eating gumbo like crazy lately....

Why do people act so stupid and disrespectful behind the wheel during Christmas season??? Since when does an item become so pricelsss and important just because you need to fill space under the tree during Christmas...Didn't you have all year to buy it?!!! It is not like you DON'T know when Christmas is!!! For the ignant (ignorant) folks it falls on the 25th of December of EVERY single year....I want to celebrate my Christmas on a different date....Feburary 25 would be good....After all I 'd probably have money to spend thanks to tax returns and I wouldn't have to worry about rude drivers wrecking my NEW car...I prefer to take a Cruise in December, pack a Cheap tree, and give one gift to relatives who are on the ship with me (Any other gifts can be purchased online a head of time and mailed to relatives not on the criuse)....Maybe in the future when my son and I establish our own Christmas traditions we will be able to make this a reality.....Nobody knows the exact month Christ was born and historical experts have doubts that it fell in December anyway.....I like Christmas music and sitting outside enjoying my outdoor fireplace though....Screw all the "Road rage Santas" out there....

Thursday, December 16, 2004

BSOD!!!! The Blue Screen of Death....

For those who wonder why I include so many links in my blog that is why.....When the computer crashes for good like mine did you can have all your favorite places right on your blog.....Man did I lose a lot of free porn stuff.....Sigh.....


Damn Rednecks!! May all your Cris Messes be White...You damn trash cans...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Looking for a Few Good men...

Survey: Good La. Workers rare...

Friday, December 10 (225) 344-2225

(Baton Rouge, LA)— More than 70% of employers in Louisiana say they are having a difficult
time finding qualified workers, nearly 40% say it’s more difficult today than it was five years
ago and 47% say the skill needs of entry level employees are rising.

Those are among the findings of a new CABL survey of employers in Louisiana. The survey was
conducted for CABL by the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU in October and November 2004.
The survey also showed that Louisiana businesses are extremely concerned with rising health
care costs with almost 60% saying it’s a very important issue and more than 70% saying the
situation is getting worse. Along with these critical issues, 60% of employers say they share the
negative perceptions sometimes expressed by out-of-state business and opinion leaders about
doing business in Louisiana. This perception among Louisiana employers appears to be based on
concerns about corruption, politics and a population with low education levels.
CABL believes the most significant finding in this survey is that the vast majority of employers
are having problems assembling the workforce they need for their businesses. More than 70% of them report difficulty hiring people with problem solving skills and good work habits, and more than 40% have a hard time finding applicants with even basic reading skills. All this is
happening while a significant number of them report that their skill needs for entry-level
positions have increased over the last five years.

“What we have is the perfect storm of all the things we don’t want to see,” said Barry Erwin,
CABL President. “Employers have a hard time finding qualified workers, skill needs are
increasing, but even the most basic skills are in alarmingly short supply. How is Louisiana to
maintain, much less grow business with conditions like this? If we don’t find a way to educate
more of our citizens, we won’t have much of a future to look forward to.”

This situation is taking its toll on Louisiana businesses. Nearly half of employers responded to
these problems either by hiring someone less qualified or by leaving the position unfilled. As a
result these companies lowered their productivity and output, delayed expansion and
development of new services, and reduced quality.



A Report by the CABL Futures Institute
Fighting Poverty, Building Community
Executive Summary 1999

Fighting Poverty, Building Community is a report from a group of Louisiana leaders who are concerned about issues that affect the state’s future. To consider these issues, the group formed, under the auspices of the Council for A Better Louisiana, a Futures Institute. There is no more pressing issue than poverty; its scope and persistence cast a permanent shadow over efforts to move the state and its people forward. We devoted substantial time and effort to understanding what poverty means to the lives of individuals and to the future of the state and to explore approaches to it.
Members of the Futures Institute have very different backgrounds, perspectives and beliefs. We found, however, through our exploration of poverty and its impact on Louisiana, that there are common threads that bind us. Chief among these is a belief that changing the status of Louisiana’s poorest citizens and transforming a condition that for too long has defined our state begins with raising the awareness of a broad array of Louisianans.
Consequently, our goal in this report is not to present a series of policy prescriptions nor is it to articulate any one ideological perspective on poverty and the issues that are related to it. Unlike many documents that consider poverty, we do not seek to blame government, institutions or individuals for the continued presence of a problem that has for too long characterized our state, limited our progress and constricted the lives of our people. Our concern here is less about formulating a specific plan to combat poverty than it is about helping to develop the will and dedication among our citizens to confront the issue of poverty and its effects on all of us.
Poverty in Louisiana is everyone’s concern. The economic progress that so many of us have made threatens to blind us to an inevitable reckoning – we continue to lag behind neighboring states in almost every measure of economic and social well being. Unless we make a concerted effort to change these conditions our future – and those of our children and grandchildren – is certain to be limited. Thus, the change we speak of requires not only awareness of the dimensions of poverty and its devastating consequences, it means caring about them too. Caring must begin in those places that are most threatened by continued poverty – Louisiana’s communities.
Poverty in Louisiana
We have a long way to go before poverty is no longer central to any description of Louisiana. Despite measurable progress in the South and in the state, poverty’s grasp on Louisiana’s citizens has not loosened. During 1996-1998, 18.6 percent of Louisianans were poor, well above the national rate of just over 13 percent. Mid-way through this decade, virtually one-quarter of all families in the state earned less than $10,000 – well below the federal poverty line of $15,150 for a family of four.

Income disparity – the gap between the state’s wealthiest and its poorest citizens, long the highest in the nation – is growing.
Poverty is pervasive in Louisiana and it does not discriminate, snaring people from every age group and race. It is equally at home in rural communities and urban neighborhoods. It traps families, and poor families mean poor children. Louisiana has a greater proportion of children living in poverty than any other state in the nation. Many poor children live in single-parent families and, in Louisiana, the number of such families is likely to grow given the state’s high rate of births to single women. In 1997, 43.9 percent of all infants were born to single women, well above the national average of 32.4 percent.

Poverty is more than an individual’s status as measured by income. The limited choices that are associated with poverty have devastating consequences that are passed on from parent to child in a continuing cycle of despair. The Futures Institute examined some of these.

Health. Poverty too often means poor health. Children are most vulnerable to this condition. Many of Louisiana’s children are behind at birth; no state has a higher rate of low birth weight babies. The health risks that infants from poor families face do not diminish as they grow. The significant likelihood of having significant health problems if one is poor continues through adulthood to old age – low income senior citizens are more likely to experience health problems than their middle- and upper-income peers. The health problems that are faced by the poor are exacerbated by their limited access to health care.

Education. Academic achievement often eludes low-income students, limiting the means by which, as adults, they can leave poverty behind and become self-sufficient. The scores of Louisiana students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam are well below national averages. In 1998, just 19 percent of Louisiana’s fourth graders and 18 percent of its eighth graders performed at or above the proficient level on the NAEP reading exam. These gaps are due in part to teaching; low-income students are more likely to be taught by inexperienced teachers or by teachers who are teaching out of their fields. Poor instruction is often compounded by low funding; Louisiana was 45th in the nation in per pupil spending in the 1997-1998 school year.

Ill-prepared teachers, low expectations, and inadequate resources are not the only problems poor children face in school. Too often, they are steered away from the courses that will best prepare them for successful futures. Today’s rapidly changing economy, an economy that values critical thinking and flexibility, has little room for the low-skill, labor-intensive jobs that have been a staple of Louisiana’s economy in the past. The value of postsecondary training becomes starkly evident when we consider individual income by educational achievement.

Violence. Louisiana has been called one of the “most dangerous states in the nation.” The high incidence of violent crime in Louisiana is not surprising given its high rate of poverty. There is evidence that those with poor prospects in the job market are more likely to engage in criminal activity than those more able to secure positions in the labor market. Those living in poverty are also more likely to be victims of crime.

Housing. Safe and secure housing is central to the American dream and is well within the reach of middle- and upper-income citizens. It continues, however, to elude the poor. At a time when home ownership rates are climbing all across the nation and are at their highest level in history, they are falling in Louisiana, which now ranks in the bottom quarter of states in home ownership. As home ownership declines in the state, homelessness increases. In New Orleans, although men still comprise the largest group of the city’s homeless, the number of homeless single women and families with children is increasing.

Hunger. Those in poverty face a constant threat of hunger. Malnutrition among the poor is increasing, and it is children who suffer most from inadequate diets. Very young children are most affected – their cognitive development can be substantially impeded.

Why does Louisiana have so much poverty?
Why should Louisiana – a place so connected to the call of family and community, so celebrated for traditions of warmth and hospitality, and so reliant for much of its livelihood on the positive feelings and goodwill of others – afford so many of its people so little comfort?
We grappled at length with this question. Louisiana, some believe, has particular characteristics that perpetuate poverty. Among them are:
· A tradition of devaluing education and the inadequate public education system that results.
· Relatively depressed wage rates and dramatically unequal distribution of wealth.
· A history of public corruption, which results in cynicism and cavalier and uncaring attitudes toward the poor and powerless.
· A veneration of the "status quo" which makes it difficult to bring about change and for many people to improve their own circumstances.
The persistence of poverty has engendered many responses, among them the creation of significant organizations dedicated to attacking one or another aspect of it. Without their leadership, the problems we address here would be compounded and hope, for many, would be further diminished. Still more, however, must be done, and the state itself must take more notice of and responsibility for the effects of poverty on all of its citizens. It is insufficient to advocate economic development and job creation without connecting them to comprehensive community development and adequate and effective social services as related means to alleviate poverty.
Policy then remains important in any efforts to rid ourselves of poverty and members of the Futures Institute identified many pressure points for change. Education is of primary importance. Central to improving education is the provision of competent and caring teachers for all students. Yet, while reforming education is crucial, our greatest priority may be to focus on a child’s earliest years and to do it as comprehensively as possible.
Others believed that concentration on education and social services would not overcome the effects of policies that seem to guarantee inequality. Until the tax system is reformed and poor persons are provided with tangible reasons to earn and save, structural inequalities will continue to be obstacles to positive change.
Toward a Caring Community
We believe that the Louisiana of the future will be shaped by a choice between two competing possibilities: one where the status quo prevails and poverty continues to blight the state, and a second where citizens devote their skills, energy and concern to creating a caring community – one that is informed, connected and engaged.
We believe that real and lasting change depends upon bringing citizens together to create and nurture these communities. In emphasizing the central role of individuals we do not overlook that of government or policymakers. Overcoming our history of poverty will not happen without fundamental change in policy. Our emphasis, however, reflects a view that the insights and strengths of the community are often the best and most reliable catalysts for change and, once they have been fully expressed, should be relied on to guide emerging policies.
Creation of a caring community will not take place overnight. Extricating ourselves from poverty’s grip will require both a sense of urgency and the patience to persevere. There are, however, some immediate benefits from our investment in caring communities. The first is awareness of, and sensitivity to, the presence of so many poor people in the midst of our prosperity. Second is a greater appreciation of the ties that bind us to one another – a strengthening of the state’s social fabric. The third is increased personal and community expectations. We have not only become blind to the suffering of others, we have also deadened ourselves to our own possibilities. Creation of caring communities can lead to new hope in and for Louisiana.
Copies of the full report are available for $5.00 each from the Council for A Better Louisiana, P.O. Box 4308, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70821. Phone us at (225) 344-2225 or e-mail us now.

The above is the Executive Summary of the study by CABL's Futures Institute on poverty in Louisiana and its consequences. For a brief summary of this report please see the Press Release.
For more recent data touching on a number of the issues contained in this report click here for a 2004 update (PDF).

Why can't this state get it's shit together??!!

Friday, December 03, 2004


Saturday, October 9, 2004
The world is a mess.......and its always been a mess....... Its also perfect just the way it is. I'll direct this to Muslims....or anyone else who feels the shoe fits. In this world of violence, hatred, malice, and ignorance.....(if you practice your religion) You must say this "IS.... THE..... WAY" it should be and HAS to be. Remember Allah is the best of planners, knows all yadda yadda yadda. Your argument might be no, no, no!!! We must change this for Allah!! (as if he needs your help) And of course the response is......they've been trying to change it for thousands of years already....pick up todays newspaper and tell me how successful they've been thus far. The bottom line is....(I've said this several times already) if you want to change the world....change yourself. Its a FACT that a vital life vitalizes those around it. You are NOT OBLIGATED to change the world .....your only obligation in this lifetime is to be true to yourself. Attempting to be true to anything or anybody else is IMPOSSIBLE.....and......the mark of a fake Messiah. Well....now that the milk is spilt.....does anyone care to join me practicing levitation after Jummah this friday? makavelle at 9:55:54 PM EDT (Link to this entry)

Food for thought isn't it???

I love you blog.....

Keep on keeping it real Blogger.....muah!!! That blogger hoodie top is going to look sweet on that cruise to the Caribbean (lots of pics, lots of pics baby!!) in a few months....Oh yeah!!!! I BOUGHT A NEW CAR TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life is good!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

"I do not recollect in all the animal kingdom a single species but man which is eternally and systematically engaged in the destruction of it's own species. ... When we add to this the destruction of other species of animals, the lions and tigers are mere lambs compared with man as a destroyer."---Thomas Jefferson